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How Long Does an Alternator Belt Last?
Your car’s alternator is what delivers energy to your vehicle’s battery. It works by means of converting mechanical energy to electrical energy, taking power from the engine’s crankshaft and delivering it to...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Alternator Belt
A failing alternator belt can cause the Battery Light to turn on, dimming or flickering lights in the car, and engine stalls.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Air Pump Belt
Check your car's air pump belt for cracks, large chunks of rubber missing, or scuffs along the outside.
How Long Does an Air Pump Belt Last?
Most newer vehicles come with two air injections systems. The primary system delivers air through the air filter, and then to the intake, where it mixes with fuel in order to...
How to Buy a Good Quality Serpentine/Drive Belt
Serpentine belts are one of those odd components that just help everything else inside the vehicle hang together and just work by helping everything else become synchronized. The serpentine drive belt connects...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Power Steering Belt
If you hear strange noises coming from the front of your vehicle or the power steering belt looks worn, have your power steering belt replaced.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Supercharger Belt
Common signs include a ticking sound from the motor, decreased fuel efficiency, and immediate loss of power.
How Long Does an Idler Pulley Last?
The drive belt that is on a car runs nearly all of the major components of the engine. Most of the newer cars on the market have a serpentine belt rather than...
How Long Does a Supercharger Belt Last?
Both superchargers and turbochargers are used on today’s vehicles to provide extra power and performance. While they do essentially the same thing (injecting additional air into the intake), they work in different...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Drive Belt Tensioner
Common signs include grinding or squeaking noises coming from the belt, unusual belt wear, and belt-driven accessories like the alternator failing.
How Long Does a Water Pump Belt Last?
There are a variety of components that make up the cooling system of a car. Most people fail to realize just how much heat their engine produces. Having the components of...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Water Pump Belt
Common signs include cracks or frayed nylon cords in the belt, squealing noises, and a burning rubber smell from the engine.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Belt
If your car squeals when you turn on the AC, has cracks in the AC belt, or is unable to defrost the windshield, you may need to replace the AC belt.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Compressor Belt
If the belt has cracking on the ribs, chunks missing, or abrasions on the back or sides, your AC compressor belt may need replacing.
How to Replace a Belt in Your Car
When your engine is running, it creates power that is used for more than just accelerating. The engine’s power turns a belt on the front of the engine that...
How to Replace a Power Steering Belt
Common signs of a failing power steering belt include a squealing noise and visible cracks, cuts, or nicks on the serpentine or drive belt.
How to Replace an Air Conditioning Belt
Replacing an AC belt can be challenging, as you have to locate specific parts in the car in order to do so, and use proper tools to complete the task.
How to Buy a Good Quality Timing Belt
You car’s timing belt is a big part of what makes your car run smoothly. This belt is responsible for controlling the camshafts that are in the engine. It closes and opens...

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Concerned about cam belt tensioner apparently being installed the wrong way around
Hello. If there was any damage that was going to be done it would have been that way then you dropped it back off. Besides some noise the vehicle would have been running very poorly. If the engine was running...
Power steering stiff when cold
Hello. This can be a sign of a bad pump, but most of the time it is caused by contaminated fluid. If the fluid is old or has any moisture in it then this will occur. I usually flush out...
Screeching chirp noise engine - 1991 GMC K2500
Hey there. The A/C pulley bearing may be binding causing the chirping. Try spraying each belt one at a time with some water in a spray bottle. The noise will change or go away when the belt that is chirping...
Belts are cracked and need replacing, okay to leave off a/c belt?
Hello. If the belt driving the A/C compressor only drives the A/C compressor and nothing else, you can remove it with no consequences. The fan shroud is not optional equipment however as it has both a cooling system function and...
Engine overheating - 1994 Mercury Capri
Hello. I usually start by checking to see if the thermostat is opening as it should and see if the engine cooling fan is functioning. If the fan is not turning on, then that needs to be repaired. If the...
My 2008 Saturn Vue has lost power steering briefly twice on right turns. The fluid was checked no leaks.
Hello. If you are losing power steering on turns, then you may have a belt tensioner issue causing the power steering pump to have low pressure when turning. Have the belt and tensioner checked.
Belts keeps breaking - 1992 Mercury Capri
Hello. If this all started after the alternator was replaced, then that is more than likely the problem. If the alternator is defective and has an internal bearing failure then this will occur. Also, if the alternator is not mounted...
Regarding Car AC
The basic problem is likely that the AC compressor is putting too much load on the belt, causing it to slip, then fail. This condition could be caused by an "over-filled" AC system with too much refrigerant, creating high operating...
Truck is slow and sluggish to start and will only run a few minutes before shutting off and hisses when it does
Hello there, there is a variety of faults that could cause your 1996 Dodge Ram to shut off after warming up. If the belt jumped off than there is likely other faults that caused this. This could be from many...
Ima having a whining noise problem when i accelerate. THE BELT is in good condition. Can I take this in the road to Vegas ?
Hello there, a whining noise is a common problem with your 2004 Honda Accord. There are many potential causes for this noise but the most likely are a belt idler, tensioner, alternator, water pump, AC compressor, timing belt, or a...
Timing belt ripped and after weird loud sound
Good question. I don't think there was any damage done to your car. Belts break all the time, just put a new one on and it'll be fine. Your steering wheel became hard to turn because your power steering pump...
Mitsubishi Endeavor overheating. Got waterpump and belt replaced less than a year ago what could it be
This may very well be a bad thermostat as this is often a common culprit of many overheating issues on most cars. The thermostat regulates the coolant flow in and out of your car's engine. When this is stuck open...
My car's accessories come on but the engine clicks and doesn't start
There are a couple of things that would be best to explain before answering your question. The starter uses power from the battery to start the vehicle, so if the battery is low, it may not have the power to...
Squeaking sound coming from the front of the car when driving slow
This is very likely related to something that increases with engine speed. The drive or serpentine belts can make squeaking noises that will speed up as they do with engine speed. This is usually due to a loose or slipping...
Intermittent vibrations due to two out-of-round tires
Replace the tires. It used to be possible to "true up" a tire that was out-of-round by putting the wheel/tire on a special machine that literally ground rubber off of the "high" side of the tire, making it physically round....
Serpintine belt might be out? Car isn't starting.
Although the serpentine belt does power multiple components on your Cadillac Seville, the electrical gauges are not part on that list to my knowledge. The alternator, which is typically driven by the serpentine belt does power those parts however. My...
Your car's alternator relies on the belt to power it so that it can generate and supply power to the battery. It will not turn on it's own without the belt on it. You may also want to consider checking...
Idles between 500rpm and 1300 rpm. Main concern is low rpm. Belt or pulley chirping mainly at low rpm Drives perfect but Idles bad
Chances are these two symptoms are related. If the drive belt is not performing as designed the engine will run poorly, or not run at all. There are several components that could be the problem, and further inspection is needed....
It sounds like it could be your brakes; however, it could be a belt. I have seen issues where the belt won't make noise until you let off the gas. I will give you some steps to go through to...
Car is making noises from an unknown source. Possible alternator problem?
Remove the belt and check for noise. If the noise is gone, rotate the components that are associated with the belt. Check for smooth operation and noise. Noise that persists with the belt off could originate from inside the engine....

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